Our podcast strives to shine a spotlight on the actors driving the energy transition sector and on critical issues for Asia and the world to achieve net zero. Through thought-provoking conversations, we aim to provide visibility to pressing topics in sustainable energy. From nickel mining in Indonesia to EV battery advancements, solar development, and Taiwan’s offshore wind projects, we shed light on the challenges and breakthroughs shaping Asia’s energy landscape.
Ep 19 Replay - Hydrogen value chain and its potential to decarbonise the world With Thomas Briault
19:39Thomas Briault, Energy leader at Arup in South East Asia discussed the hydrogen value chain. He explained with talent how hydrogen is being produced, stored, transported, and used and its potential to decarbonise the world.
Ep 18 Volt Rush and China’s role in the EV battery supply chain with Henry Sanderson
29:16Henry Sanderson, Managing Editor at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, presents his book Volt Rush: the winners and losers of the race to go green. In this very well-researched book, Henry presents the battery technologies, the materials essential for EV batteries and the leading players in this industry. We focus our discussion on the many Chinese companies playing a central role in the EV battery supply chain. We cover the following topics Battery: The role played by CATL in the global battery value chain and the personal story of its founder Robin Zeng Lithium: How lithium is extracted and processed in Chile and Australia and why lithium extracted from the spodumene is 7 times more carbon intensive than the Li extracted from Li brine Lithium: How Ganfeng Lithium and Tianqi Lithium are involved in the Li supply chain and how they have built their dominance over the years Cobalt: The role of the Congo DRC in the global cobalt supply chain and the role of the two dominant players Huayou Cobalt and Glencore Cobalt: The Amnesty 2016 report exposing issues around artisanal mining and child labour in the cobalt mining sector in Congo DRC and the impact of the report Nickel: How Tsingshan positioned itself to benefit from Indonesia's ban on raw Nickel ore export in 2020, and how it succeeded in dominating the nickel industry with its investment in the Morowali industrial park Nickel: The environmental impact of processing nickel for stainless steel and battery material Deep-sea mining: Recent developments of deep-sea mining potential in the Clarion-Clipperton zone Podcast website
Ep 17 Developing onshore wind projects in Asia and Thailand renewable electricity tender with Olivier Duguet
22:13Olivier Duguet, Founder and CEO of the onshore wind developer, The Blue Circle, imparted his experiences in wind project development across Europe and Southeast Asia. We discussed about the key influencers for the cost reductions and technological advancement in wind energy over the past decade, and elements underpinning The Blue Circle's successful bid in the 2023 Thailand Renewable Energy Auction.
Ep 16 Vietnam PDP8 at last with Giles Cooper
37:38Giles Cooper, Managing Partner in Vietnam at a leading international law firm Allens, shared his views on the recently approved Power Development Plan 8 (PDP8) in Vietnam. We discussed about the key highlights from the PDP8, the next steps and the broader implications for renewable energy development in Vietnam.
Ep 15 Indonesia nickel and EV battery industry and the electrification of Indonesia’s roads with Putra Adhiguna
31:57Putra Adhiguna, Energy technology lead in a think tank, explores Indonesia's nickel and battery industry and EV development. We discussed Indonesia's role in the global nickel supply chain and the key players shaping the local landscape. Putra shared his view on the impact of the choices made by legacy automakers on Indonesia's decarbonisation path and what the government can do to foster the development of the nickel industry and electrify Indonesia's roads. Putra is Energy technology lead at Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) Putra's articles: Indonesia’s nickel edge yet to show up in its electric vehicles Electrifying Indonesia’s road transport
Ep 14 Decarbonization through biogas and biomethane with Kunal Shah
22:45Kunal Shah Chief Growth Officer of Anaergia presents the importance of biogas and biomethane in reducing GHG emissions and their role as alternative renewable energy. The conversation also touched upon biogas and biomethane’s potential market size, global development, incentives, and their role in the energy transition journey.
Ep 13 Saving the planet without the bullshit with Assaad Razzouk
26:30Assaad Razzouk, CEO of Gurin Energy and host of the Angry Clean Energy Guy presents his new book "Saving the planet without the bullshit". His book cuts through the misinformation and provides straight-to-the-point solutions to the climate issue. Assaad offers readers clear and sometimes surprising advice on how to eat, how to drink, what to wear, and how to invest to fight climate change. He sheds light on actions that matter and the ones that does not. A core message of his book is why and how we should phase out oil, gas, and coal and why we can be distracted from this critical goal. His book: Saving the Planet without the bullshit His podcast: The Angry Clean Energy Guy
Ep 12 Voluntary carbon markets with Jay Mariyappan
33:43Jay Mariyappan, Partner at EEAM discussed the voluntary carbon markets. In this episode, Jay defines voluntary carbon markets in comparison to the compliance ones and explains how corporate commitments toward net zero are key drivers of the development of voluntary carbon markets. This episode also touches on the fundamental issue of heterogeneity and the quality of carbon offsets. In the end, Jay provides his view on the applicability of blockchain to this market.
Ep 11 M&A ESG due diligence with Trista Chen
38:56Trista Chen, Partner at ERM, talks about her experience in the ESG industry. Trista shares her view on the development and trend in sustainability and ESG, broke down ESG due diligence process and sheds light on ESG standards and climate finance. Combining one case study on ESG due diligence of an e-cosmetic company, Trista also explained in detail how ERM's ESG due diligence is executed on the project level.
Ep 10 Taiwan offshore wind with Maya Malik
24:19Maya Malik, founder of KimaEnergy speaks about her experience developing Taiwan offshore wind projects. Previously with Orsted and Copenhagen Offshores Partners, Maya shares her views about the 3 rounds of offshore wind tenders in Taiwan, the difficulties that developers are facing in this new round, the different offtake options and floating bottom technology.